Be guided by what you love

March 14, 2018

Playing to your strengths and interests when choosing subjects to study is a handy formula. Picture: AAP

For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to work in the media.

It started with a love for sport, then a hankering to do sports commentary, and eventually it morphed into aiming to become a newspaper journalist.

From there, there was no doubt in my mind that that’s what I would end up doing.

I now know it is not necessarily as easy as we might think when we were younger.

And with the benefit of hindsight, I consider myself very fortunate to have secured work in this industry.

I love what I do and I enjoy going to work each day.

But I don’t often have the chance to really stop and have a serious think about what it took to get here.

While I did not grow up here, visits I have made to many of Greater Shepparton’s secondary schools in recent weeks brought back some memories about my education.

The classes, the teachers, what electives I chose, the increased demands of Years 11 and 12, then university and the new challenges it brought.

Strangely, I still have the occasional recurring bad dream about juggling multiple several-thousand-word essays that always seemed to be due at the same time.

The News has engaged with Greater Shepparton’s secondary schools and asked them to nominate an interested student or students to write regular articles to be published in our pages and online at our website.

We are very pleased all school principals, teachers and students have been enthusiastic about this initiative.

During a discussion a colleague and I had with a student from one of the schools last week, she had some very wise words.

She was speaking about her choice of subjects and why she believed they played to her strengths, emphasising that students should set aside perceptions about what subjects are considered the hardest or most challenging subjects and instead simply choose what is right for them.

This may be stating the obvious to some, but it is so true. Everyone is different and has unique strengths.

For me, I was a solid — but by no means outstanding — maths and science student, though I didn’t greatly enjoy it.

But I really enjoyed writing and chose my Year 11 and 12 and university subjects according to my goal, which was to become a journalist.

I would have absolutely loved the opportunity to have my writing published in the local newspaper when I was growing up.

The students nominated by their schools to become student writers for The News are all keen to write about not only their school year, but also their interests and hobbies, and convey their perspectives on the world in general.

We hope you will enjoy these great insights into the lives of some of our secondary school students throughout the year.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we introduce these News student scribes.

Cameron Whiteley is news editor at The News.

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